|I want a girl with the right allocations who is fast, thorough and sharp as a tack...|
'But you'll marry...'
'Oh, I expect so. And think how pleased my husband will be to have a wife who makes her own clothes.'
An Independent Woman
Though this book was published in 2001, I expect that old habits died hard for The Great Betty. I married in 1998 and the Mijnheer van Voorhees wouldn't have known what to say if my mother reassured him that I made all my own clothes. (Which I don't...) I do know two or three women who do regularly make their own clothes--really lovely ones with all kinds of detail that China (isn't everything made there?) has long-since abandoned in the interests of economy. But, as lovely as the clothes are, I would be willing to bet that the husbands, to a man and for all their pride/approval/resignation, find the hobby neither particularly thrifty nor contained nor a small slice of life.
Question: What awesome skills (beyond getting a smart looker who is handy in the kitchen and has a 401k the likes of which a miser would envy) do you think a fella would be pleased to get?